FROM Jamie Dupree
You'll Still See Military Branding on NASCAR Cars Congressional budget cutters are sharpening their pencils, even when it comes to defense. The National Guard's sponsorship of NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has barely survived – the vote in Congress was 216 to 212 -- but the Army is dumping the racing team of Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. James Dupree is Radio News Director of the Cox Media Group 's Washington Bureau.
Appointments to Congressional 'Super Committee' Nearly Complete The 12-member, bipartisan Super Committee created by the debt-ceiling deal has enormous responsibility to exercise in a short time: identify $1.5 trillion in budget cuts by Thanksgiving. Nine of the 12 have now been chosen by leaders of the House and the Senate. Jamie Dupree is Washington Bureau Chief for the Cox Media Group, parent of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
The Grim Aftermath of the Debt Deal Shortly after the Senate past the deficit-reduction bill, President Obama signed it, and the US has met tonight's debt-ceiling deadline. But the President said it was all the result of a " manufactured crisis ." The US will be able to pay its bills, but what's the impact of the hard-won deficit-reduction agreement on jobs, the economy and America's credit rating? Photo: Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) addresses the press after the Senate passed the Budget Control Act of 2011.
President Obama Signs Debt Deal The Senate has joined the House in passing the deficit-reduction bill, and President Obama has already signed it. But he called it the result of a " manufactured crisis ," and listed a host of actions he wants Congress to take when both houses return from their August recess. Jamie Dupree is Washington Bureau Chief the Cox Media Group, parent of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
Winners and Losers in the Budget Shutdown Showdown Democrats wanted a spending freeze, while Republicans demanded $61 billion in cuts. The final agreement was $39 billion, and the Republicans dropped efforts to undercut healthcare reform and family planning. Those are the broad outlines of last Friday's agreement , with the details yet to come, and even, perhaps, still subject to change.
The Shutdown Showdown The government shutdown was averted on Friday night with only an hour to spare. Even though details have not been revealed, both sides claim victory. The Republicans got $39 billion in budget cuts, when the Democrats didn't want any. The Democrats held off assaults on healthcare reform and family planning. But that was just about this year's budget, and the big stuff is yet to come, with President Obama announcing his own plan for reducing the deficit on Wednesday. In the meantime, we hear how both parties are spinning the aftermath of a potential crisis and what comes next.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?